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Visitation and Viewing

Many individuals and families choose to set aside time for a gathering of family and friends following the loss of a family member. This is quite often referred to as a visitation. We all benefit from a time when friends and family gather around us to help or support us. This is true in many instances throughout our lifetime, however, it's benefit is most noticeable at the time of a loss.

Following the death of a family member many people experience a sense of numbness, disbelief, and sometimes isolation. When people gather around to assist in some of the chores or daily tasks the emotional support and physical presence can help reduce those feelings. That is why people gather at the funeral home for visitation. During this time, these people are helping to emotionally support the family by sharing stories and memories of the deceased. This helps lift the sense of isolation that many bereaved experience by demonstrating that there are others who share a sense of loss. The family is not alone.

Presence of friends and family at a visitation time also helps the bereaved by providing a sounding board or a listening ear to hear the family repeat the story of the deceased's illness or the details of the accident that may have tragically taken the life of their loved one. This helps bring about the true realization that the person has died. This may sound somewhat unbelievable , but it is hard for a human being to accept that a loved one has died, because they have always thought of them in terms of the things they have done or the activities they have shared over the years. The psychological side of our mind needs to hear these details of the death over and over to convince itself, because it is so foreign to think of this live person as now being dead. This helps in the transition from a relationship of presence to a relationship of memory.

Viewing, or Seeing the Deceased

Viewing, or seeing, the deceased is also a benefit for the same reason. The psychological part of the human mind needs hard physical proof that the live person they have been so involved with, is now dead. This is part of the transition from a relationship where our family member was always present to a relationship where they will be carried in our hearts and memories.

Pray Funeral Home, Inc. • 401 West Seminary Street 401 West Seminary Street Charlotte, MI 48813
Phone: 517-543-2950 • Toll-free: 1-888-825-8527